With only one weekend of performances remaining, time is running out to see Creighton’s fall musical production “Songs for a New World.” The show runs through Oct. 9 in the Lied Education Center for the Arts studio theater.
The show is amazingly unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. The nine-person cast — led by Arts & Sciences seniors Elizabeth Mark, Nick Stukel and Joe Wright — takes the audience through a variety of struggles. Though the musical is totally different than mainstream productions that are more familiar, I strongly encourage everyone to embrace the differences and welcome what the show has to offer.
The set of the show is simple and allows the audience to focus on the clear talent of the performers. The show starts off strong with a group number “The New World” which gives a preview of what the audience had to expect throughout the show. The trend
continues with memorable scenes including Mark singing “I’m Not Afraid,” Arts & Sciences junior Ariel Talacko singing “Stars and the Moon” and concluding with another group number “The Steam Train,” led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln senior Jared Dailey, making the audience anxious for the second half.
The show returns after intermission with songs even more emotional than those in the previous act. Performances include a disgruntled Mrs.Claus, played by Arts & Sciences freshman Colleen Kilcoyne, singing “Surabaya Santa” and a highly moving group performance entitled “Flying Home,” which is impeccably choreographed. The che cast sings seven more songs in the second act, including performances by Arts & Sciences junior Veronica Benton, Arts & Sciences sophomore Keegan Potthoff and Arts & Sciences freshman Marcus Denker, who round out the talented cast. The only obvious flaw of the Thursday night performance was the volume of the singing, which was immediately corrected in the second half.
“Audience members will truly be entertained for an hour and a half, but it’s not something they’re expecting,” Mark said. “It’s really a thought-provoking show.
With tickets sold for only $5 to students and faculty, there is no reason to not enjoy “Songs for a New World” this weekend.
For more information about the show or to reserve tickets, visit the Fine and Performing Arts website or call the box office at 402.280.1448.
*All photos courtesy of Creighton Fine & Performing Arts department.